Author: Roma Tearne
UK – Abacus
A story of obsession, love and art set in Tuscany, Sri Lanka and London.
Ras, a Sri Lankan who fled his country as a child following the violent death of his mother and his father’s disappearance, has committed a crime. Dogged by his past and unable to come to terms with the killing of his mother, he struggles to make a new life for himself in the UK.
Alex has loved Dee since he was 19 but failed to realise that it was a love he wouldn’t find again. After Dee’s marriage, he too struggles to build a meaningful life for himself.
But when Ras’ and Alex’s lives connect, each man takes a new path culminating for Ras in the theft of a della Franceso painting, while Alex comes ever closer to Dee through tragedy in her life.
Beautifully written, with a strong narrative, The Road to Urbino is the story of two very different men and their love for the women in their lives, set against the backdrop of the heartbreaking horrors of the long-running conflict in Sri Lanka.